Meaning of “in so many words” in the English Dictionary

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"in so many words" in British English

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in so many words

directly, or in a way that makes it very clear what you mean:

"Did he say he was unhappy with Anna?" "Well, not in so many words, but that was certainly the impression I got."
I told her, in so many words, to stop interfering.

(Definition of “in so many words” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"in so many words" in American English

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in so many words

directly:

I have never lied to him in so many words.

(Definition of “in so many words” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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